Engineering for middle school: a web-based module for learning and designing with simple machines

Ann McKenna, Alice Agogino

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Abstract

The current work describes an instructional module which emphasizes integrative design using the six simple machines of the lever, the wheel and axle, the pulley, the inclined plane, the screw, and gear. The emphasis of this module is on having the students investigate the underlying scientific and mathematical properties of the 'machines', and then integrating this knowledge to design creative solutions to problems. This simple machines module makes use of an original web-based multimedia learning environment as well as off-line hands-on building activities with the LEGO Technic I set.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1496-1501
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference
Volume3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 27th Annual Conference on Frontiers in Education. Part 3 (of 3) - Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Duration: Nov 5 1997Nov 8 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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